Guest Artists

Evelyn Glennie

SOLOIST - SEPTEMBER 2019

Evelyn is the first person in musical history to successfully create and sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist. As one of the most eclectic and innovative musicians on the scene today she is constantly redefining the goals and expectations of percussion. By combining superb technique, a profound appreciation of the visual and her astonishing musicality, Evelyn creates performances of such vitality that they almost constitute a new type of performance.

Evelyn gives more than 100 performances a year worldwide, performing with the greatest conductors, orchestras, and artists. For the first ten years of her career virtually every performance she gave was in some way a first - the first time an orchestra had performed with a percussion soloist, the first solo percussion performance at a venue or festival or the world premiere of a new piece. Her diversity of collaborations have included performances artists such as Nana Vasoncelos, Kodo, Bela Fleck, Bjork, Bobby McFerrin, Emmanuel Ax, Sting, Kings Singers, Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Fred Frith.

Evelyn has commissioned one hundred and forty three new works for solo percussion from many of the world's most eminent composers and also composes and records music for film and television (EG Composer). Her first high quality drama produced a score so original she was nominated for a British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards (BAFTA's); the UK equivalent of the Oscars.

Evelyn's recording career has been as illustrious as her performing and composing career. Evelyn's first CD, a recording of Bartok's Sonata for two Pianos and Percussion won her a Grammy in 1988. A further two Grammy nominations followed, one of which she won in 2002 for a collaboration with Bela Fleck for Sony Classical. Evelyn's twelfth solo CD, Shadow Behind the Iron Sun (BMG Records) was based on a radical concept and has once again questioned people's expectations. Despite working a relentless schedule Evelyn is in constant demand to release new recordings, twenty two so far.

Outside of actual performance the Evelyn Glennie brand is constantly exploring other areas of creativity. From writing a best selling autobiography, Good Vibrations, to collaborating with the renowned film director Thomas Riedelsheimer on a film called Touch the Sound, to presenting two series of her own television programmes for the BBC, to regularly appearing on television across the world, which include The David Letterman Show (USA), Sesame Street (USA), The South Bank Show (UK), presenting and performing on Songs of Praise (UK), Commonwealth Games Festival Concert, This is Your Life (UK), 60 minutes(USA), PBS Profile (USA), and many more.

Evelyn's activities also include lobbying the Government on political issues as diverse as music education and parking rights for motorbikes (she is a keen biker). Other aspects include EG Images which supplies photographs from a vast image library of Evelyn, EG Jewellery which is a range of Jewellery designed and made by EG based on her influences as a solo percussionist, EG Merchandise, and EG 21st Guidance which displays Evelyn as an international motivational speaker to many diverse corporate companies and events. Evelyn also performs with Orchestras on the Great Highland Bagpipes.

After 20 years in the music business she has begun teaching privately which allows her to explore the art of teaching and to explore the world of sound therapy as a means of communication.

In 1993 Evelyn was awarded the OBE (Officer of the British Empire). This was extended this year to 'Dame Commander' for her services to music, and to date has received approximately 80 international awards. She is brimming with ideas to improve the experience for the audience and continues to redefine the very format of live performance itself.

Clint Neeham

COMPOSER - NOVEMBER 2019

The music of Clint Needham has been described as “wildly entertaining” and “stunning... brilliantly orchestrated” by the New York Times, as well as “well-crafted and arresting… riveting” by the Herald Times.  He recently served as the Knight Foundation Composer in Residence with the Akron Symphony where he collaborated with the City of Akron on a 30-miniute multimedia work for orchestra. He previously served as the Mellon Composer/Educator in Residence and the Music Alive: New Partnerships Composer in Residence with the Albany Symphony for two seasons. 

Needham’s orchestral music has been commissioned and performed by the Minnesota Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Omaha Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, Spokane Symphony, Aspen Concert Orchestra, New York Classical Players w/ Jasmine Choi, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, and Symphony in C, among others. Various chamber ensembles including Alarm Will Sound, the American Brass Quintet, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Chicago Pro Musica, Da Capo Chamber Players, Fifth House Ensemble, Hawthorne String Quartet, President’s Own Marine Band Brass Quintet, and the Stanford Wind Quintet have given performances of his chamber music across the country as well as in Europe, Brazil, Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea, and Australia.

Upcoming performances of his work include those presented by the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, Texarkana Symphony, Sioux City Symphony, Nu Deco Ensemble, Hochschule fur Musik Magenta Brass Quintet, and Hub New Music, among others.  Needham’s music has been recognized with numerous awards including the International Barlow Prize, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra’s Project 440 Commission, Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, two ASCAP Morton Gould Awards, the William Schuman Prize/BMI Student Composer Award, the Aspen Music Festival Jacob Druckman Prize, the Heckscher & Beeler Prizes from Ithaca College and the coveted Underwood New Music Commission from the American Composers Orchestra.

As an educator, Needham serves as Composer in Residence and Associate Professor at the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music.  He was previously an Associate Instructor at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music as well as an Assistant Professor of Music at Ohio Wesleyan University.  He holds degrees from the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music (BM) and Indiana University (MM/DM), where he was a four-year Jacobs School of Music doctoral fellow in composition.  He has also studied at the Aspen Music Festival as a Susan and Ford Schumann composition fellow and at the Wellesley Composers Conference.

The Theodore Presser Company publishes his music with additional works available from Manhattan Beach Music and Triplo Press. Recordings of his works can be found on the Summit Records, New Focus Recordings, Beauport Classics, and Mark Masters labels as well as on recordings by the United States Air Force Band of the West, trumpeter Jack Sutte, violinist Francesca Anderegg, and the American Composers Orchestra Digital Release Series.  For more information please visit www.clintneedham.com or https://soundcloud.com/clint-needham.

Elissa Lee Koljonen
SOLOIST -  MARCH 2020

Recognized as one of the most celebrated violinists of her generation, Elissa Lee Koljonen has thrilled audiences and critics in over one hundred cities throughout the world. Ms. Koljonen initially received international acclaim when she became the first recipient of the prestigious Henryk Szeryng Foundation Award and silver medalist of the Carl Flesch International Violin Competition. Her playing has been hailed by the Helsingin Sanomat (Helsinki) as "sparkling, sensual and personal". Dan Tucker of the Chicago Tribune has written that "she displayed boundless technique and musicianship", and the Detroit News has reported that "Koljonen brings to her playing not just assured technique but unflinching purpose and confidence."

 

Ms. Koljonen's recent engagements included a return to the Philadelphia Orchestra to perform the Shostakovich Violin Concerto #1, her debut in Spain with James Judd and the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, performances with José-Luis Novo and the orchestras in Annapolis and Binghamton, the Delaware Symphony, Reading Symphony, the Kimmel Center's Summer Solstice and the Philadelphia premiere of Behzad Ranjbaran's Violin Concerto with JoAnn Falletta. She has also made appearances with the Boston Pops, Minnesota Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic and the symphonies of Baltimore, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Helsinki and Seoul. Ms. Koljonen has collaborated with such noted conductors as Mattias Bamert, James DePriest, Lawrence Foster, Richard Hickox, Neeme Järvi, Louis Lane, Andrew Litton, Eiji Oue and the late Bryden Thompson. She has performed in some of the world's most important venues, including the Musikverein in Vienna, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Barbican Centre in London, the Seoul Arts Center, the Symphony Hall in Boston and the Academy of Music in Philadelphia. 

 

As a recitalist, Ms. Koljonen has performed in the international music capitals of London, Amsterdam, Salzburg, Seoul, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York. Her performance in Carnegie Hall received excellent critical reviews. Also an avid chamber musician, Ms. Koljonen appears regularly at festivals throughout North America, Europe and Asia. She garnered critical acclaim for her debut at the Queen Elisabeth Hall in London and her appearances with the London Mozart Players and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo in a special concert celebrating the 700th anniversary of the Grimaldi Dynasty.

 

Ms. Koljonen is a protégée of the great Aaron Rosand at the Curtis Institute of Music. Incorporating his influence, she carries on the legacy and tradition of Leopold Auer and his legendary school of violin playing.

John Osborn
SOLOIST - APRIL 2020

American tenor,  John Osborn, was born in Sioux City, Iowa.  He attended primary and secondary school, and was heavily involved in music and athletics while growing up in Iowa.  Throughout his years at Bishop Heelan Catholic High School, he was often a featured soloist at various honor and choir festivals.  He was also a folk-style wrestling champion of the Sioux Interstate Conference in 1990.  His continuing education includes a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa.  He studied voice with Anne Larson, an accomplished mezzo soprano while at Simpson, and was a winner of the 1994 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions when he was only 21 years old.  This immediately gave him international attention.  Mr. Osborn was an invited member of the Metropolitan Opera Young Artist Development Program in the fall of 1994.  He continued his vocal studies with Edward Zambara, a Greek-American bass, who was teaching at The Juilliard School.  As a member of the Met YADP, he studied several songs, arias and roles under distinguished Met coaches as Nico Castel, Susan Webb, Robert Cowart, Dennis Giocque, Donna Racik, and Stephen Eldridge.  He also appeared in masterclasses with several important artists as Hermann Prey, Régine Crespin, Carlo Bergonzi, Eduardo Müller, Barbara Bonney, Sherill Milnes, Ileana Cortrubas, and Regina Resnik, to name a few.  He was also First Prize Winner of the 1996 Operalia Voice Competition of Placido Domingo in Bordeaux, France. 

 

    In 2012, Mr. Osborn became the first non-Italian to win the Aureliano Pertile Tenor Award in Asti, Italy. He is also recipient of a 2011 Goffredo Petrassi Award for his contributions to Italian culture in performances as Arnold Melchtal in GUILLAUME TELL by Gioacchino Rossini with Antonio Pappano and the Orchestra and Chorus of L’Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Italy. Furthermore, he’s a winner of the 2014 Bellini d’Oro in Catania, Sicily, the home of Vincenzo Bellini, for his performances in Bellini’s LA SONNAMBULA in Bari, and for his Verdi’s TRAVIATA performances at Arena di Verona. 2016 “Prix d’Amis” friends of the Dutch National Opera and subsequently the “for his performance as Cellini in Terry Gilliam’s award-winning production of BENVENUTO CELLINI.

 

         Awards this year include the Premio “Franco Abbiati” critics award in the category of “Best Male” singer, 2016; the International Opera Awards “Oscar della Lirica” in the category of “Best Tenor”; and most recently the Premio Cittadina di Diano Marina for his career achievements.

 

         Mr. Osborn’s 2016/17 began with his return to The Metropolitan Opera as Arnold Mélchtal in GUILLAUME TELL; a critically acclaimed return to Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Italy in Rossini’s OTELLO: Ossia il moro di Venezia; a recital alongside his wife, Lynette Tapia, soprano and pianist Beatrice Benzi from La Scala di Milano also in Teatro San Carlo di Napoli; the same recital with pianist and Maestro Ramón Tebar at Opera Naples in Florida; the New Year’s Eve Gala at La Fenice (Capodanno) televised Live nationwide in Italy on January 2, 2017; three performances as Conte di Libenskof in Rossini’s IL VIAGGIO A REIMS as his debut at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Russia; Pollione in NORMA as his debut in Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Sicily; his role debut in LE PROPHETE by Giacomo Meyerbeer as Jean de Leyde alongside his wife, Lynette Tapia as Berthe also in his debut at the Aalto Musik Theater in Essen, Germany; Alfredo Germont in Constanta, Romania; a televised concert with Lynette Tapia, Maestro Franco Giacosa, and the Kaunas City Symphony in Kaunas, Lithuania; another run of LE PROPHETE for his return to the Théâtre du Capitôle in Toulouse, France; a concert with his wife and daughter (violin) and Maestro Giacosa in honor of his receipt of the Premio Cittadina Diano Marina in Italy. 

Michael Daugherty
COMPOSER -  SEPTEMBER 2019

Multiple GRAMMY Award-winning composer Michael Daugherty was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1954. He is the son of a dance-band drummer and the oldest of five brothers, all professional musicians.  Daugherty has achieved international recognition as one of the ten most performed American composers of concert music, according to the League of American Orchestras. His orchestral music, recorded by Naxos over the last two decades, has received six GRAMMY Awards, including Best Contemporary Classical Composition in 2011 for Deus ex Machina for piano and orchestra and in 2017 for Tales of Hemingway for cello and orchestra.

As a young man, Daugherty studied composition with many of the preeminent composers of the 20th century including Pierre Boulez at IRCAM in Paris and Betsy Jolas at the Paris Conservatory (1979), Jacob Druckman, Earle Brown, Bernard Rands and Roger Reynolds at Yale (1980-82), and György Ligeti in Hamburg (1982-84). Daugherty was also an assistant to jazz arranger Gil Evans in New York from 1980-82. After teaching composition for five years at Oberlin College,  Daugherty joined the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance in 1991 as Professor of Composition, where he is a mentor to many of today’s most talented young composers. He is also a frequent guest of professional orchestras, festivals, universities and conservatories around the world.

Daugherty’s music is published by Michael Daugherty Music, Peermusic Classical and Boosey & Hawkes. For more information on Michael Daugherty and his music, see michaeldaugherty.net and his publisher’s websites.

Vince DiMartino
SOLOIST -  DECEMBER 2019

Vince DiMartino is one of the most sought after trumpet performers and educators. Since graduating from The Eastman School of Music in 1972, professor DiMartino taught at the University of Kentucky until 1993. At that time, Mr. DiMartino began a new appointment as Distinguished Artist in residence at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. There he teaches trumpet, jazz history, and coaches brass and jazz ensembles. He has served as the Music Chair and is currently coordinator of the Centre College Instrumental Program. He is a distinguished Matton Professor of Music at Centre College.

Vince DiMartino is equally known as a jazz artist. He has been the lead and solo trumpet in the Lionel Hampton Band, the Chuck Mangione Band, the Clark Terry Band and The Eastman Arranger’s Holiday Orchestra. He has also performed with some of this country’s finest college jazz ensembles. Vince has been a member of the artist-faculty of the highly acclaimed Skidmore Jazz Institute since its inception in 1988, working with fellow artist-teachers Milt Hinton, Todd Coolman, Ed Shaughnessy, Frank Mantooth, Curtis Fuller, Dick Oatts and Pat LaBarbera.

The International Trumpet Guild has featured Mr. DiMartino as an artist-clinician in major solo programs at their conferences including Louisiana State University, University of Gothenburg-Sweden, University of Colorado, University of New Mexico, University of Denver and London, England. DiMartino also was a guest at the University of Kentucky Conference in 1998, an event that Professor DiMartino hosted at this same location in 1982.

He has served twice as President and Vice President of The International Trumpet Guild as well as a member of its Board of Directors for two terms. He serves as chair of the Board of Directors of The National Trumpet Competition in Washington, D.C.

Mr. DiMartino has been soloist with many symphony orchestra including Cincinnati, Buffalo, Sante Fe, North Carolina, Orlando, Baton Rouge and Rochester, New York. He also appeared as guest soloist with the Boston Pops on their Summer Tour in 1999 and for a national television broadcast of the same. He has also been a soloist with the Army Blues Jazz Band, The Army Brass Band, The U.S. Air Force Band of Flight, and The United States Marine Band. Mr. DiMartino is the first civilian to perform with this ensemble. He is also co-founder of the New Columbian Brass Band, a turn-of-the-century town band, with Dr. George Foreman, Director of the Norton Center for the Arts at Centre College. The band has recorded three CDs for Dorian Records.

Mr. DiMartino is also prominently featured on some of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra’s most recent recordings including, Mancini’s Greatest Hits, Bond and Beyond, Big Hit Parade, and Hollywood’s Greatest Hits. He recorded Mel Torme’s Christmas Album as lead trumpet. Mr. DiMartino also has completed a recording project on Summit Records with jazz artists Allen Vizzutti and Bobby Shew and The Summit Brass called Trumpet Summit.

With Dr. Schuyler Robinson, Mr. DiMartino made a recording for Mark Records with the DiMartino-Robinson trumpet and organ duo entitled Orchestral Favorites for Trumpet and Organ. ITG has designated this CD as its membership gift CD. The duo was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. In the summer of 1994, he performed at Lincoln Center with The Canadian Brass, The New York Philharmonic Brass and The New York Brass. He also was a featured artist-teacher at the Kiev International Trumpet Competition in 1998.

Vince and UK Jazz band director Miles Osland co-direct The DiMartino-Osland Jazz Orchestra and have recorded two CDs under that name on Seabreeze records, Quotient and Off the Charts.

Throughout his teaching career, Professor DiMartino has been a member of the artist faculty of many international seminars and courses. These include The Empire Brass Quintet-Tanglewood summer program, The Spanish Brass Festival in Alzira-Spain, The Kalavrita Brass Course in Greece, as well as seminars in England, Ukraine, Thailand, Germany and Canada.

DiMartino is 2004 CASE Professor of The Year for the state of Kentucky. This award is given nationally each year to one person in each state in The United States. He is the recipient of The Governor’s Lifetime Achievement Award for 2008-2009 for the state of Kentucky.

Vince DiMartino is an S.E. Shires Trumpet Artist and plays Pickett Brass Mouthpieces.

2020 Composer of the Year
TO BE ANNOUNCED - NOVEMBER 2019

The Sioux City Symphony Orchestra is committed to the education, development, and promotion of young, American composers. The SCSO Composer of the Year competition is designed to annually highlight one (1), highly talented composer who is currently in the early stages of their professional career. The Composer of the Year will receive a $1,000 (one-thousand US dollars) monetary prize, a premiere performance by the Sioux City Symphony, press/media coverage, scheduled lectures at selected local colleges and universities, and involvement in a variety of other community-related outreach programs.

Brian Allred
SOLOIST - NOVEMBER 2019

Brian Allred enjoys a varied repertoire as a soloist, with orchestras, and as a chamber musician. He won first place and best performance of the newly commissioned work in the 2019 Myrna W. Brown Artist Competition in Texas and also received top prizes in the South Carolina Flute Society Young Artist Competition and the Contemporary Performance Competition at the Cortona Sessions for New Music in Cortona, Italy. Brian performed in the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as a First Prize Winner in the Golden Classical Music Awards. He has also been a prizewinner in the Upper Midwest Flute Association Young Artist Competition and a finalist in the Byron Hester Flute Competition. Brian currently serves as Principal Flute of the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, flutist in the Additive Color Ensemble, and on the New Music Advisory Committee with the National Flute Association. He is an Altus Artist.

Brian completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Kansas where he served as the flute Graduate Teaching Assistant and studied with Michael Gordon of the Kansas City Symphony and Dr. Sarah Frisof. He received his Master of Music from Birmingham Conservatoire in the United Kingdom. In addition to his studies and performing in Birmingham, Brian developed an interest in Baroque flute and won first prize in the Corton-Hyde Early Music Prize. During his undergraduate study at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, Brian performed regularly with a number of ensembles including the Orchestra of Northern New York, Northern Symphonic Winds, and at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City with the Crane Symphony Orchestra.

Hailing from Plano, TX, Brian spent his formative years as a musician playing both violin and flute in school. During his time in Potsdam, NY, he developed a love for dance, embracing his musical knowledge as a choreographer and performer. Brian continues to expand his involvement in the arts, exploring new avenues for sharing his work with new audiences.

Gabriel DiMartino
SOLOIST -  DECEMBER 2019

Gabriel DiMartino has performed as a member of The Wichita Symphony, The New Columbian Brass Band and the Doc Severinsen Big Band. He has been a featured recitalist, performing both jazz and classical music, at The International Trumpet Guild in Australia; Denver, Colorado; and Grand Rapids, Michigan. Gabriel has been an assisting artist in groups performing with Patti Austin, Allen Vizzutti, rock groups Chicago and Mannheim Steamroller, and other touring artists. He has recorded CDs as a soloist with The Syracuse University Wind Ensemble and with his father, well-known trumpet soloist Vince DiMartino.

 

Gabriel has also been a member of the summer faculty at Interlochen Center for the Arts and has presented master classes both there and at other institutions. He returns to his hometown of Danville, Kentucky, every summer to perform with The Advocate Brass Band at The Great American Brass Band Festival.

 

Gabriel was a frequent recitalist and member of orchestras, big bands and chamber ensembles in the central New York area where he lived. He also served as adjunct professor of trumpet at Syracuse University. He is a graduate of The Interlochen Arts Academy, DePaul University, and Wichita State University where he was a graduate teaching assistant and received a master’s degree in trumpet performance.

Gabriel now teaches at East Carolina University where he is assistant professor of trumpet.

Lynette Tapia
SOLOIST - APRIL 2020

Bolivian American soprano Lynette Tapia is consistently acclaimed for her “canary” embellishments and “crystalline coloratura” passages by journalists worldwide. Of a recent performance in Les dialogues des Carmelites the Denver Post says “Tapia’s voice is one that I shall remember in this opera for its sparkle and clarity.” She was a 1996 winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.  After winning First Place and the Prublic’s Choice Award in the Operalia International Voice Competition of Placido Domingo, Ms. Tapia made her European debut singing the title role in “Lakmé” for the Grand Theatre Municipal de Bordeaux.  In the U.S. and abroad, she enjoys relationships with opera companies and orchestras including Los Angeles Opera, Portland Opera, Atlanta Opera, Netherlands Opera, Opera Colorado, Washington Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Florentine Opera, Arizona Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Pacific, Opera Orchestra of New York, Dallas Symphony, Washington Concert Opera, Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Cologne Philharmonic, the Musikverein in Vienna, among others.

Most recently, Ms. Tapia performed Adina in “L’elisir d’amore” with the Sugar Creek Symphony and Song in Watseke, Illinois, and two concerts marking her Italian debut in Montefalco and Acquasparta (Umbria Music Fest).  In the 2006-2007 Season, she performed Italian Singer in “Capriccio” with the Netherlands Opera, toured with the English Chamber Orchestra, and performed  Selene the Moon in a world premier of “Keepers of the Night” by Peter Ash with the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus.  Other recent engagements include The Queen of the Night in “Die Zauberflöte” and Lucia (cover) in “Lucia di Lammermoor” with the Los Angeles Opera, Blondchen “Die Entführung aus dem Serail” with Atlanta Opera, Marie in “La fille du régiment” with Todi Music Festival, Rosina in “Il barbiere di Siviglia” with Opera Pacific and Gold Coast Opera, Blondchen in “Die Entführung aus dem Serail” with The Lake George Opera Festival, Cunegonde in “Candide” with Opera Pacific, Adele in “Die Fledermaus” with Augusta Opera and Madison Opera, and La Contessa di Folleville in “Il Viaggio a Reims” with Portland Opera. 

Other notable performances have included Najade in “Ariadne auf Naxos” with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Zerbinetta in the same opera with Opera Colorado, Marie in “La fille du Régiment” and Adele in “Die Fledermaus” with Opera Pacific, Lisa in “La Sonnambula” with both Opera Orchestra of New York and Washington Concert Opera, Blondchen in “Die Entführung aus dem Serail” with both Opera Columbus and The Florentine Opera, and Soeur Constance in “Les dialogues des Carmelites” with Santa Fe Opera.

Ms. Tapia has been heard throughout the United States and Europe in orchestral concerts and solo recitals.  She performed a Gala Concert with the Dallas Symphony and “The Messiah” at Carnegie Hall with Musica Sacra.  Her New York recital debut was with Marilyn Horne at Carnegie Hall and since then she has become a part of the annual Marilyn Horne Foundation Gala Benefit Concert.  She has represented Carnegie Hall in a recital at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, her first appearance in a series presented by Rising Stars, an international debut recital series.  Additional appearances have included recitals at Carnegie’s Weill Hall, the Athens Concert Hall, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Cologne Philharmonic, the Musikverein in Vienna, and the Birmingham (England) Symphony Hall.

Other awards include First prize in the George London Foundation and Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation vocal competitions, an Opera Index Award, and winner of the MacAllister competition.   Ms. Tapia received her Bachelor of Music degree from The Cleveland Institute of Music.  She has worked with many distinguished conductors including Robert Spano, Julius Rudel, Richard Bonynge, Walter Attanasi, John DeMain, Donald Runnicles, Andrew Litton, and recently has recorded two albums with Christopher Larkin and the English Chamber Orchestra.

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